Colorado State University — Professor and Director, School of Social Work

Colorado State University seeks engaged, innovative, visionary, and high-energy leaders to apply for the position of Professor and Director of the School of Social Work. We are seeking applicants with a proven track record of social justice leadership, innovative research, effective teaching and mentorship, meaningful service, and effective interpersonal communication and organizational skills. Successful candidates will have demonstrated high ethical standards and are expected to operate in a transparent and collegial way. Additionally, successful candidates should be responsive to the needs of faculty, staff, and students within the School and have a strong commitment to enhance diversity, promote social justice, and elevate the School of Social Work to the next level of national and international recognition.

The Professor and Director of the School of Social Work position in the College of Health and Human Sciences is a 12-month, full-time faculty position. The successful applicant will have a strong work ethic, a willingness to serve in a broad variety of roles as needed, and be dedicated to the mission of the Department, College, and University.


  • Leadership within the Department, including developing a shared vision for advancing the School’s mission; providing clear communication within the School and with higher administration and external constituencies; advancing a strategic vision that strengthens the School through critical hires, curriculum development and review, and service and engagement to the university, community, and discipline; coordinating strategic planning with college and university goals; providing leadership in maintaining and advancing vibrant School programs; building capacity that supports advancement and excellence in research, with focus on supporting faculty to secure extramural funding; building excellence in teaching by supporting and advancing high-impact learning practices, and effective teaching and learning technologies and pedagogies; advancing the land-grant mission of CSU through meaningful engagement; facilitating team-building among faculty and staff; and serving as an effective advocate for the School.
  • Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, including demonstrating commitment to enacting CSU’s Principles of Community (; recognizing unintended biases and mitigating them through collaboration as needed in dealing with students, staff, and faculty; supportively charging search and admissions committees to ensure diverse pools of candidates are recruited and interviewed; being proactive in hiring and retention strategies for a diverse and inclusive workforce; and ensuring a commitment to equity when setting and assigning salaries, merit, recognitions, and workloads.
  • Fiscal Management, including effectively stewarding School resources; anticipating and planning accordingly for budgetary requirements (start-ups, equipment/infrastructure, new initiatives, etc.); involving the Administrative Team and/or faculty in setting budgetary priorities; effectively and equitably allocating resources in support of research and scholarship, teaching, service, and engagement; and facilitating participation in entrepreneurial activities (research grants, centers, fee-for-service activities, online programming, etc.) to grow School resources and/or meet program objectives.
  • Personnel Management, including providing clear communication of duties and performance expectations that recognizes superior performance and addresses performance weaknesses; setting high standards for achievement in teaching, research, scholarship, service/outreach, and engagement; providing supportive opportunities for professional development; mentoring, supervising, and advocating for the advancement and career development of all faculty—Tenure-Track and Non-Tenure-Track—and especially early career faculty; nominating high-achieving faculty, staff, and students for awards; establishing equitable workloads and evaluation criteria; striving to create a positive work environment with constructive feedback and fair resolution of conflicts; and encouraging meaningful contributions to school, college, university, community, and national service.
  • Research and Scholarship, including cultivating an exceptional intellectual climate and research infrastructure within the department; advancing and supporting faculty efforts to procure external funding; and maintaining active involvement in research and scholarly activities.
  • Teaching, including maintaining active involvement in the School’s teaching mission by occasionally teaching courses, guest lecturing, providing career advice to students, and serving on graduate thesis committees, or other activities.

Required Qualifications:

  • Earned PhD in Social Work, or a related field
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, as demonstrated by active planning, allocation of resources, and/or accountability for diversity and equity outcomes
  • Outstanding academic credentials commensurate with a faculty appointment at the rank of Professor with tenure at a Carnegie Research University (Very High Research Activity)
  • Demonstrated record of an extramurally-funded research program characterized by national/international recognition
    A clear commitment to academic and teaching excellence, demonstrated by leadership in undergraduate and graduate curricular and instructional development
  • A clear commitment to research excellence, demonstrated by student, postdoctoral and/or faculty mentorship and leadership in federal, state, and/or foundation grant writing, research productivity, and professional development
  • Strong administrative and leadership experience, signifying the ability to develop and communicate a strategic and focused vision and to provide effective and collaborative personnel, fiscal, and/or external grant management.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience as department head, director, or associate dean
  • Demonstrated commitment to maximize faculty, staff, and student professional growth and potential
  • Experience leading the tenure and promotion process
  • Experience with assessment and accreditation/re-accreditation processes
  • Demonstrated evidence of effective fundraising and donor relation experience
  • Interpersonal qualities that will facilitate open and collaborative relationships among those in the School and across the College and University communities and with external constituencies

Recognized as one of the top social work programs in the United States, the School of Social Work is committed to excellence, setting the standard for social work education in teaching, research, outreach, and service. Our programs are centered on social justice, equity and equality, anti-oppression, and enhancing human health and well-being. Throughout its history, the School of Social Work at Colorado State University has made a continuous effort to develop and maintain a program that is responsive to three distinct, but related, interests: 1) the profession of social work as represented by the Council on Social Work Education’s Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards, 2) the human services agencies and clients in the state, the region, and the nation, and 3) the land-grant oriented mission and goals of Colorado State University.

The School offers the Bachelor of Social Work (390 students), the Master of Social Work (175 students) and a new Ph.D. in Social Work (10 students). Several specialized certificates are offered at the graduate level, including Conflict Resolution and Mediation, Non Profit Administration, School Social Work, Military and Veteran Culture, Advanced Clinical Behavioral Health, and Human-Animal Interactions (anticipated fall 2021). The faculty team includes 18 full-time members and 31 instructors overall, with additional research, administrative professional, and support staff persons. Key research areas include trauma, child maltreatment, health disparities, juvenile delinquency and justice, bullying and school-based prevention and intervention, and critical perspectives in mental health and psychopharmacology. The School also houses two productive research centers: Social Work Research Center (SWRC) and Human-Animal Bond in Colorado (HABIC). For more information about the faculty, areas of research, service/outreach centers, students and curriculum, please visit the website at

The School of Social Work is one of eight academic programs in the College of Health and Human Sciences at Colorado State University. Applicants are encouraged to visit the School’s website at

Salary and Benefits: Salary is negotiable and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Colorado State University offers an excellent selection of benefits.

Application Procedure: Electronically submit in PDF format: a cover letter addressing the responsibilities, and required and preferred qualifications of the position; current curriculum vitae; and a list of three references with email addresses and phone numbers to the University website: .

We are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff and providing culturally responsive programs and services. Therefore, we encourage responses from people of all backgrounds and abilities. We invite you to review Colorado State University’s Principles of Community that guide our mission and vision of access, teaching, service, and engagement.

References will not be contacted without prior notification to candidates. For full consideration, a complete application must be received by December 7, 2020. Incomplete applications will not be considered. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2021.

All inquiries regarding the position or the application process should be directed to:

Dr. Anita Bundy
Professor and Head
Department of Occupational Therapy
Colorado State University
Phone: 970-491-3105

Colorado State University, a Carnegie Doctoral Research I University, was established in 1870 and remains inspired by its land-grant heritage and dedicated faculty, staff and students. CSU’s world-class research and scholarship attracts millions in research funding every year, hitting a record $407 in research spending in fiscal year 2020. CSU is located 60 miles north of Denver in the city of Fort Collins, which is situated on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains with outstanding views of both foothills and 14,000-foot peaks. CSU enrolls approximately 32,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, and is the largest employer in Fort Collins, with more than 7,400 faculty and staff. Fort Collins is an active community. Easy access to hiking, skiing, rafting and other outdoor sports to help promote health and well-being in CSU students, faculty, and staff. With an average of 300 days of sunshine per year and low humidity, Fort Collins residents enjoy pleasant weather year-round. Indoor and outdoor activities are enjoyable in every season. Colorado has earned a worldwide reputation as an area that offers an unparalleled lifestyle, and Fort Collins represents the very best of Colorado with top award rankings from Forbes for “Best Place for Business/Careers,” Gallup’s Well Being Index for “Healthiest Mid-Size City in America,” CBS’s Moneywatch List of “Top 10 Best Places to Retire,” and Outside Magazine’s “Best Towns in America,” among other select recognitions:

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

Colorado State University strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will also be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the University, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.